On a premium-economy budget, you can’t get more of a classic diver than the strong lines of the Swiss made replica Longines HydroConquest series.
With a broad-shouldered case design and a 41mm case for him, you can’t go wrong with that gorgeous dark navy sunray dial. While channelling some well-known design cues from sports watch icons, it still has very much its own identity. The classic Longines design protocol has long swoopy lugs in the recipe, so the 41mm might be the best medium-sized choice, with a beautiful ergonomic curve they make the HydroConquest sit beautifully on the wrist. While the bracelet feels solid enough for more adventures than either of you are ever likely to muster in several lifetimes, the polished centre section has a more dressy vibe to it. Tip of the day would be to also buy the super-comfortable patterned rubber strap in a matching blue for more casual days.
For her, you’ll find the same intricate details in a strong 39mm case because, let’s face it chaps, a lot of women like wearing larger watches these days. It still comes with that delightful blue sunray dial, plus the addition of the delightful pop of a red seconds hand tip. Both of these blue beauties come with the toughness of a 300m depth rating, so start looking for that matching set of scuba gear while you’re at it.